Carlos Clos Gomez, currently head of VAR at the Technical Committee of Referees, was the referee chosen to arbitrate the final of the King’s Cup between Barcelona and the Alaves of the 2016-17 season. The Negreiras sent the blaugrana club a report on clos gomezwhere it is striking that “He will try to calibrate and measure well the important decisions for the result”. In other words, it can be understood that said position has been agreed with the referee.
“Going to see the matches personally or through fellow former referees and being informed of why decisions had been made. Fútbol Club Barcelona considered that the team was being harmed and other teams were favored. This is a personal hypothesis, no one has told me directly. My obligation was to give my opinion about the matches in terms of arbitration and the players. Technical advice. What Fútbol Club Barcelona wanted was to make sure that no decisions were made against it, that everything was neutral”, Enríquez Negreira declared when asked about his work with regard to FC Barcelona. The Royal Spanish Football Federation itself admitted that it is something compatible on the part of Negreira. An affirmation that generates certain suspicions due to the fact that Laporta himself is on the board of directors of the RFEF. It remains to be seen what may happen, but the truth is that this case is progressing steadily.
According to the report that includes the summary of the cause of the “Negreira case”‘, to which Efe had access, the prosecutor maintains that the former referee invoiced Barça for more than 7.5 million euros without responding “to an accredited economic activity”, although he points out that “there is no evidence whatsoever that could influence the results. The Treasury specifies that “this lack of accreditation and explanation” could be “an indication” that the invoices could be concealing illegal services such as trading with confidential information from the arbitration committee, influencing arbitration appointments or participating in the alteration of results.
Also, THE WORLD reports negreira I bought them hams, tickets, sandwich makers… and the Treasury rejected this endless list of deductible expenses from his company. But there were also 1,500 personalized red and yellow cards with their corresponding card holders or hundreds of coins to draw around the field, also with the identification of the recipients, as well as other items such as hams worth about 10,000 euros, tickets for soccer matches, shovels of beach umbrellas and cooler bags.